Donor Communities

Surround yourself with those who feel like you about philanthropy by joining one of the giving communities at the community foundation:


Rose’s Youth Philanthropists

Rose’s Youth Philanthropists (RYP) is a regional youth grants committee requesting proposals from organizations that impact youth in a wide variety of fields in Chemung and Southeastern Steuben counties. The S. Roberts Rose Fund was established at the Community Foundation of the Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes in order to give youth a voice at the grantmaking table. RYP offers grants of $200-$2000 to local youth-serving organizations.

Students: Join the Committee
The Rose’s Youth Philanthropists committee, comprised of two students from seven area high schools, meets the first Sunday of each month to evaluate previous grant awards, develop and distribute Request for Proposals and award grants. To apply to be part of the committee you must be a high school student.

About RYP & Application (pdf) 


The Legacy Society

The Legacy Society recognizes people who are planning today for gifts that will provide significant benefits to our community in the future and thanks these donors during their lifetimes. Legacy gifts may take the form of bequests, donations of life insurance, or other types of charitable planned gifts.

Why join the Legacy Society?

Members of the Legacy Society will be recognized in the Community Foundation’s printed materials and invited to member-only special events. Additionally, members will receive information related to Community Foundation grants awarded to local charities of the donor’s choice and opportunities to direct grant funds to specific charities on an annual basis.

How do I become a member?

You are eligible if you have made arrangements in your will (or through some other form of deferred giving) for a gift to Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. Simply notify us of your plans by returning the Legacy Society form. Participation in the Legacy Society is voluntary and we respect the wishes of those who prefer to remain anonymous. 

If you are interested in joining this prestigious group, simply complete the Legacy Society Intention Form (pdf) and return it to the Foundation at:

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.
301 South Main Street
Horseheads, NY 14845